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David Live (2005 Mix)

    This live album, was recorded during the Diamond Dogs tour. Although drawing of mostly Ziggy era songs, stylistically it sees Bowie moving from glam rock into a new Philly soul influenced direction.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 1984 
    2 Rebel Rebel 
    3 Moonage Daydream 
    4 Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing 
    5 Changes 
    6 Suffragette City 
    7 Aladdin Sane 
    8 All The Young Dudes 
    9 Cracked Actor 
    10 Rock 'N' Roll With Me 
    11 Watch That Man 
    12 Knock On Wood 
    13 Here Today Gone Tomorrow 
    14 Space Oddity 
    15 Diamond Dogs 
    16 Panic In Detroit 
    17 Big Brother 
    18 Time 
    19 The Width Of A Circle 
    20 The Jean Genie 
    21 Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

    It seems improbable that these classics can really be improved upon, but it would seem that with this latest remaster, they have done exactly that. 

    What can be said about Diamond Dogs that hasn't already? It's an Orwellian odyssey of Bowian proportians. 

    Beginning with the freaky scene-setting dystopian flanged monologue of 'Future Legends' which sets the scene nicely for the eponymous follower. 'Diamond Dogs' is essentially a blues riff but twisted into a snarling glamorous rock and roll number. 

    You might be forgiven for thinking that 'Sweet Thing' is not playing properly, but then it grows ever so slowly into a gloomy sounding detuned refrain, complete with harmonised 'ooh's' and 'aah's' before giving the man himself a stage to pull out his legendary vocal flare. When the unison of 'Boys, it's a sweet thing' comes around, you have no doubt that it really is a sweet thing. 

    'Rebel, Rebel' is probably one of the most recognisable riffs of all time, and when that kicks in, you know you've landed. Rocking, psychedelic and triumphantly anthemic. 

    It's rarely that an album has quite such a high killer/filler ratio, and most of them are by David Bowie. This is no exception. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: 'Rebel, Rebel', 'We Are The Dead', 'Sweet Thing', an absolute plethora of seminal anthems on here, conceptually impeccable, beautifully produced and written and essential in more ways than one.

    David Bowie

    Station To Station

      "Taking the detached plastic soul of Young Americans to an elegant, robotic extreme, Station to Station is a transitional album that creates its own distinctive style. Abandoning any pretense of being a soulman, yet keeping rhythmic elements of soul, David Bowie positions himself as a cold, clinical crooner and explores a variety of styles. Everything from epic ballads and disco to synthesized avant pop is present on Station to Station, but what ties it together is Bowie's cocaine-induced paranoia and detached musical persona. At its heart, Station to Station is an avant-garde art-rock album, most explicitly on "TVC 15" and the epic sprawl of the title track, but also on the cool crooning of "Wild Is the Wind" and "Word on a Wing," as well as the disco stylings of "Golden Years." It's not an easy album to warm to, but its epic structure and clinical sound were an impressive, individualistic achievement, as well as a style that would prove enormously influential on post-punk" - Allmusic.

      The zenith of David Bowie's flat-pack soul period, 1975's "Young Americans" is an incredible and frequently overlooked record. No other Bowie album had spelled out its market so cleanly and crisply in its title. This was an album to be bought at a time when young Americans, after years of mobilising, now had a little disposable income and were ready to party. It was all, supposedly, about 'emotional drive'. But the album came to represent so much more than that. It is an indirect product of many factors; soul music; politics, both personal and public; sex, drugs and dancing; of downtown New York and uptown Philadelphia.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: What a beginning! 'Young Americans' really sets the scene for the rest of the album, swooning into the Pre-Balearic charms of 'Win' and the horny brilliance of 'Somebody up There Likes Me'. Dynamic, exciting and criminally overlooked, this is one of the greatest Bowie albums there is, and this is the essential version. Music achieved.


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